Projects share in $55,000

FUNDING WINNERS: Ten community projects shared in $55,000 from Pacific Hydro's Clements Gap Sustainable Communities Fund.
FUNDING WINNERS: Ten community projects shared in $55,000 from Pacific Hydro's Clements Gap Sustainable Communities Fund.

Crystal Brook Community Men's Shed has received funding to purchase equipment for a community garden from Pacific Hydro's Clements Gap Sustainable Communities Fund.

The garden is one of ten projects, totalling $55,000, to receive support in the 2019 funding period.

Following a community survey that identified a high level of food insecurity in the Port Pirie Regional Council area, Crystal Brook Community Men's Shed joined forces with Mid North Food For All Group to plan a community garden.

The garden will provide plots for members and the wider community to grow healthy, fresh food. Excess food will be donated to Foodbank, Uniting Church Crystal Brook and other not-for-profit groups.

Robert Beveridge, chair of the Crystal Brook Community Men's Shed, said funding would be used to purchase a greenhouse which would enable them to grow vegetables and herbs in all seasons, three small rainwater tanks which will capture the water that runs off the greenhouse and metal shelving for the interior of the greenhouse.

"Wicking beds and raised garden beds are currently being set up and will require gardening tools and wheelbarrows," he said.

Other recipients:

  • Broughton Rainbow Quilters for a much-needed upgrade to the kitchen and toilet area
  • BSR Football Club to educate volunteers in the Responsible Service of Alcohol to support the club's fundraising
  • Crystal Brook Community Association to construct a Nature Play Playground at Bowman Park
  • Crystal Brook Caravan Park Committee to install additional water storage
  • Gulnare, Redhill Football and Netball Club for netball shelter sheds
  • Mundoora Community Sports Club to upgrade dining furniture
  • Port Broughton Bowling Club for a sprinkler system
  • Port Broughton Combined Sporting Club for a power upgrade project
  • Wandearah Tennis Club, to install wind breakers for players' protection

Pacific Hydro's community investment and communications coordinator, Bernadette Holland, said the company was proud of how far its program has come.

"Since its inception, Pacific Hydro has invested $3.7m to support more than 800 local projects in our wind farm host communities across regional Australia," she said.

Pacific Hydro's Community Investment Program aims to empower local residents to identify the initiatives and projects Pacific Hydro should support. All eligible applications were reviewed by a fair and transparent panel process, which included members of the community and the local council.